Devils Pre-Game 2/14/17

New Jersey Devils (23-22-10) vs. Colorado Avalanche (15-36-2)

7PM ET • Prudential Center • MSG • TOJN/WFAN

Pre-Game Availability (subject to change)

  • *10:30 Morning Skate at Prudential Center

LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 1 vs. SAN JOSE 4

P.A. Parenteau notched his 13th goal of the season. It was his first goal since Jan. 6 vs. Tor. (14 games). He needs 7pts to reach 300 in his career.

Taylor Hall had the primary assist on Parenteau’s goal. He has five points (2g-3a) over his last five games. He leads New Jersey with 23 assists and 36 points. Jacob Josefson also had an assist on Parenteau’s marker. 

Cory Schneider started in net and stopped 34 of 37 shots in 58:55 of action, falling to 17-16-8 on the season. 

 

TODAY’S SPOTLIGHT

After missing 17 games due to a concussion he sustained six weeks ago, Devils defenseman John Moore returned to the ice in yesterday’s matchup with the San Jose Sharks. Moore clocked 16:14 TOI and delivered two hits in his first game back from injury.

Moore spoke to the media yesterday and stated “I was off for six weeks so I definitely want to improve my game, but I take pride in the fact that I was able to compete alongside my teammates.”

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INJURIES

Beau Bennett (I.R., lower body, eight games missed).

Jon Merrill (I.R., upper body, four games missed).

Kyle Quincey (upper body, two games missed).

Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 131

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Feb. 12- Activated John Moore off Injured Reserve.

Feb. 11- Recalled Joseph Blandisi from Albany (AHL).

Feb. 7- Assigned Karl Stollery and Joseph Blandisi to Albany (AHL).

Feb. 6- Recalled Karl Stollery from Albany (AHL).

Feb. 5- Assigned Karl Stollery to Albany (AHL).

Feb. 4- Traded Vernon Fiddler to the Nashville Predators, in exchange for Nashville’s fourth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft. 

Feb. 3- Activated Andy Greene from I.R. Assigned Luke Gazdic to Albany (AHL) 

Feb. 2- Placed Luke Gazdic on waivers. Placed Jon Merrill on I.R., retroactive to Jan. 31. Recalled Joseph Blandisi from Albany (AHL).

 

DEVILS VS. AVALANCHE

Tonight is the first of two meetings between the Devils and Avalanche this season. The clubs will face off for their season-series finale Mar. 9 at Pepsi Center. New Jersey was 0-2-0 vs. Colorado in 2015-16 and was out-scored, 5-1.

The Devils are 4-4-2 against Central Division teams and are 9-9-5 vs. Western Conference opponents this season. New Jersey is 19-12-6 at home vs. the Avalanche/Nordiques franchise but have not defeated the club at Prudential Center since Mar. 15, 2011 (3 games, 0-2-1).

Beau Bennett has three points (2g-1a) in his previous two games vs. the Avs. Taylor Hall recorded eight goals and three assists (11pts) in his last 10 games vs. Colorado.

 

2015-16

Record: 0-2-0 (0-1-0 at home)

Goals For/Against: 1-5 (1-2 at home)

Shots For/Against: 55-51 (28-25 at home)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 0-5 (0.0%)/5-5 (100.0%)

Leading Scorers: NJ- Bennett (2g-1a-3pts), Parenteau (2g-1a-3pts), Hall (1g-1a-2pts); COL- Barrie (2g-2pts), Duchene (2g-2pts), Colborne (2a-2pts).

Goaltending: NJ- Schneider (0-2-0, 2.04 GAA, .920 save%); COL- Pickard (1-0-0, 1 ShO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 save%).

 

ALL-TIME

Record: 31-30-12 (19-12-6 at home)

Goals For/Against: 228-232 (141-115 at home)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ- Cammalleri (14g-15a-29pts), Hall (13g-12a-25pts), Parenteau (2g-4a-6pts); COL- Iginla (9g-12a-21pts), Comeau (7g-8a-15pts), Mitchell (5g-4a-9pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ- Schneider (6-4-4, 2 ShO, 1.69 GAA, .944 save%); COL- Pickard (1-0-0, 1 ShO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 save%), Varlamov (4-1-0, 1.56, .940).

 

AVALANCHE CONNECTIONS

Michael Cammalleri and Colorado’s Jarome Iginla were teammates with Calgary for parts of three seasons, 2008-09 & 2011-13…Damon Severson and Colorado defenseman Tyson Barrie were teammates with Kelowna (WHL) in 2010-11…Jacob Josefson and Avs’ winger Gabriel Landeskog played together with Djurgardens (Swe.) during the 2008-09 season…P.A. Parenteau played for Colorado from 2012-14, scoring 32g-44a-76pts in 103 games…Joseph Blandisi was drafted by the Avalanche in 2012 (6th round, 162nd overall)…Kyle Quincey spent parts of three seasons with the Avs from 2009-12…Eric Gelinas was drafted 54th overall (2nd round) by the Devils in the 2009 Draft and spent two-plus seasons with New Jersey from 2012-2016. He was traded the Avs for Colorado’s 2017 3rd rd pick…Colorado’s Assistant GM Craig Billington played five seasons with New Jersey over two separate stints: 1985-89 & 1991-93…Colorado Assistant Coach Dave Farrish served the Devils in the same capacity during the 1992-93 season…Avs’ television broadcaster Peter McNab played two seasons with the Devils from 1985-87.

 

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Andy Greene– Needs 6pts. for 200 as a Devil/career.

P.A. Parenteau– Needs 7pts. for 300 in his career.

Jon Merrill– Needs 8GP for 200 as a Devil/career.

Kyle Palmieri– Needs 9a for 100 in his career. 

 

DEVILS IN DETAIL

 

HALL-STAR REPEAT

Metropolitan Division forward Taylor Hall became the only player to win back-to-back All-Star Game titles under the 3-on-3 format. Hall was a member of the Pacific Division team that won in 2016. He was a combined 1g-3a-4pts in two games, recording the lone assist on MVP Wayne Simmonds’ game-winning goal in the Final.

WESTWORLD

The Devils were 3-0-1 on their most-recent, four-game Western Conference road-trip, which made stops in Edmonton (2-3 OT), Calgary (2-1), Vancouver (2-1 OT), and Minnesota (4-3). Last season, the Devils were 2-2-0 when visiting those cities. New Jersey is 5-5-3 vs. the Pacific Division, 4-4-2 vs. the Central Division, and is 9-9-5 overall against Western Conference opponents.

PROSPECT WATCH

Devils’ prospect Yegor Rykov was named the 2017 Sweden Hockey Games Tournament’s Best Defenseman which took place in Gothenburg, Swe. from Feb. 9-12. The Sweden Hockey Games is the third of four Euro Hockey Tour tournaments during the 2016-17 season. Rykov, New Jersey’s 7th choice (5th rnd/132nd overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft, represented the Russian national team that won the tournament, defeating the Czech Republic, 4-2, in the final contest.

SCHNEIDER SAVING

Cory Schneider has stopped 379 of 408 shots over his last 15 games (.929 save%). On Dec. 22 vs. the Flyers, he stopped 16 of 16 shots for his 13th shutout with New Jersey. On Jan. 2, he stonewalled the Bruins, saving 22 of 22 shots. Schneider has 14 shutouts as a Devil and 23 in his NHL career. He is currently ranked second on the club all-time trailing only Martin Brodeur (124).

ROAD REVENGE

After starting the season 0-3-2 in their first five road games, New Jersey has won their last six games away from Prudential Center and has points in their last seven (6-0-1). The Devils have out-scored their opponents 21-10 in the last six road contests. The club is ranked first in the NHL with a 88.8% penalty-kill on the road and is second (tie, CGY) with five shorthanded goals.

BLOCKAID STONEWALLING

Keith Kinkaid stopped 43 of 44 shots and 2 of 2 shootout attempts in a winning effort Dec. 29 at Wsh. It was his second 40+ save performance of the season. On Jan. 13 at Cgy. he saved 31 of 32 shots for his fifth win of the season. He stopped 35 of 36 shots Jan. 21 at Phi. He stopped 13 of 13 shots in relief of Cory Schneider on Jan. 24 vs. LA. Has a .920 save-percentage this season.

HOMELAND

New Jersey suffered its first regulation loss at home on Dec. 9 vs. Stl., 1-4, after establishing a new franchise record, 8-0-2, for the longest streak of being undefeated in regulation at home to start a season (previously, 1987-88, 8-0-1). The Devils are 11-10-4 at home.

PERCENTAGE FOR MILES

Rookie forward Miles Wood is 10th among NHL rookies with a 10.9 shooting-percentage. He has seven goals on 64 shots in 36 games played this season.

NOES-EN FOR THE NET 

Stefan Noesen had two goals in his first two games with New Jersey since being claimed off waivers from Anaheim on Jan. 25. Noesen is the first Devil to score in his first two games with the club since Devante Smith-Pelly (Mar. 1-3, 2g-1a).

SEVERSON SCORING

Damon Severson leads defensemen and is seventh on the Devils in scoring with 3g-21a-24pts. He has four multi-point games this season. Severson surpassed his career-high of 21pts with an assist Jan. 17 at Min. in his 46th game of 2016-17. He had 1g-20a-21pts in 72 games played in 2015-16.

HOMEWARD BOUND

The Devils will play six of their next seven games at Prudential Center. They are at home in nine of 11 games in February. New Jersey will play a season-long five-game home-stand at the Rock from Feb. 6-18. 

HATS OFF FOR CAMMALLERI

Michael Cammalleri scored a natural hat trick, the sixth hat trick of his NHL career on Nov. 6 at Carolina. The three goals were the first three of his 2016-17 season. It was his first as a Devil and his first since Feb. 13, 2013 (Dal. 4 at Cgy. 7). It was the first natural hat trick of his career. On Nov. 23, he scored four points vs. Toronto (1g-3a) after returning from a six game absence (personal reasons). He had 11 points (7g-4a) from Nov. 6-25 (5GP).

On Dec. 3, Cammalleri scored two goals, including his fourth career OT goal to lead the Devils’ four-goal comeback to defeat the Nashville Predators 5-4 OT.

Cammalleri was named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week for the period ending Nov. 27. He led the league that week with 4g-4a-8pts, including a four-point performance against Toronto on Nov. 23. 

ZAJAC CLIMBING THE FRANCHISE LEADERBOARD

Travis Zajac appeared in his 700th career game, all with New Jersey, on Oct. 13, 2016.  He ranks 11th all-time in games played in Devils’ history and is 7th all-time among forwards. He passed Colin White for 10th all-time among skaters with 744 games Jan. 17 at Min.  He tied Zach Parise (410pts) for 9th in Devils’ history on Dec. 3 at Nsh.  Zajac scored 1g on Feb. 4 at CBJ to tie Randy McKay (151g) for 11th all-time in franchise history.  On Jan. 15 at Van., he passed Brian Rafalski for 10th all-time in assists in franchise history with 268. 

THIS DAY IN DEVILS HISTORY

Feb. 14, 1984- The Devils defeat the Los Angeles Kings, 6-4, at Brendan Byrne Arena. Gary McAdam notched two goals and one assist to lead the team to victory.

MEDIA GUIDE

The 2016-17 New Jersey Devils Media Guide and the latest NJD media information can be found at NJDevilsPR.com          
Media Guide Link: https://devilsmedia.files.wordpress.com/2016/10/2016-17-devils-media-guide-lr.pdf

 

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